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If you have received a traffic ticket in Columbia County, Florida there are steps you must take within a short period of time to avoid going to court or getting points on your license.

Most first-time offense civil infractions such as speeding or running a red light can be handled outside of the court saving you time, money, and points on your driving record.

Review the back of your ticket to find out if your infraction qualifies and choose one of the options below before the deadline posted.

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Traffic Ticket Options for Columbia County

  1. Attend Online Traffic School
    1. Your auto insurance rates CANNOT go up and your policy CANNOT be cancelled unless you were at fault in a crash.*
    2. NO POINTS will be added to your driver's license record.*
    3. Your Safe Driver status is maintained if applicable.
  2. Pay the Civil Penalty on the Citation
    1. Your case will be satisfied upon payment
    2. The charge will be entered on your driving record as a conviction
    3. POINTS WILL BE ASSESSED as applicable
  3. Plead Not Guilty
    1. Judge may adjudicate you guilty
      1. Points may be assessed
      2. Fines can go as high as $1,000
    2. Judge may require you to attend traffic school
    3. Insurance rates may go up
    4. Policy may be cancelled

To start your traffic school course, choose a course format below. All courses cover the same material and take the same amount of time to complete.

Information About Columbia County Roadway Safety

Columbia County is located North Central Florida and stretches from near Gainesville to the Georgia Border. The largest city is Lake City.

If you have received a ticket in Columbia County, you are probably pretty angry and frustrated but consider this:

  • Both I-10 and I-75 run through Columbia County. Within the borders of Florida, based on the number of fatal crashes per mile, I-75 is considered to be the 15th and I-10 the 57th deadliest highways in the US.
  • Most of Columbia County is rural with mostly two lane country roads. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that two-lane country roads are the most dangerous highways in America.
  • According to NHTSA, only 19% of the US population lives in rural areas but rural traffic fatalities accounted for 55% of the total fatalities in 2011.
  • In terms of population, Columbia County is the 40th most populous out of 67 Florida counties but has the 34th highest crash rate in the state.

Can you imagine how much worse the driving situation would be like in Columbia County if the traffic rules weren't enforced?

Columbia County Crash Stats20112012Percent Change3-Year Avg.
Total Number of Motor Vehicle Crashes 1,087 1,100 +1.20% 1,099
Fatalities 31 9 -70.97% 22
Injuries 902 907 +0.55% 891
Alcohol Related 96 106 +10.42% 105
Alcohol Related Fatalities 11 4 -63.64% 6
Alcohol Related Injuries 45 65 +44.44% 58

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